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Andres E. Alvarez-Salinas

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A Gastonia man has been indicted on a felony death by vehicle charge following a fatal crash.

The Gaston Gazette reports that 25-year-old Andres E. Alvarez-Salinas was indicted last week. He turned himself in to authorities Friday.

Authorities say Alvarez-Salinas was driving his 2007 Toyota early on the morning of October 31 when he crossed the center line, ran off the road and flipped several times.

Twenty-one-year-old Jorge Lopez was ejected through the sunroof and died at the scene. Another passenger was critically injured, while a third passenger was not hurt.

Troopers say the group was coming home from Charlotte and that alcohol and speed both factored into the crash.

Alvarez-Salinas was jailed on $10,000 bond. It wasn’t known if he had an attorney.

Credit: The Associated Press.